Stitch at WN Feast

Nearly time for our WNFeast fundraising stall this Sunday 4th December!

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We will have new and improved wreathes, stocking fillers and great handmade gifts made by our ‘Stitchees’ which helps us keep the community group free to everyone who wants to have a go at making, up-cycling, fixing and mending their clothing as well as learn lots of new skills ūüôā

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West Norwood Feast are also selling their new 2017 Calendar so keep an eye out for that Feast fans!

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Knitting West Norwood Together update…

To all of you who knitted a square to raise money for our local refugee charity, South London Refugee Association…the knitted quilt is coming on a treat ūüôā

This photo doesn’t show even half of the squares knitted by the local community!

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Our Stitchee Elaine’s brilliant handiwork for the Feast blanket

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A huge thank you to those who came to our Knit a Long at November’s Feast – it was freezing but the rain stayed away until the last minutes of the market – hoorah!

Even the Feast Volunteers join in with the Knitting

Knitting West Norwood Together with The Stitch & WN Feast Knital

So many squares…¬†Knitting West Norwood Together with The Stitch & WN Feast Knital

Some of the ‘Stitchees’ show great determination (or just plain nuts!) as they sat in the cold knitting up a storm… maybe they should have sat in the box of blanket squares????

Knitting West Norwood Together with The Stitch & WN Feast Knital

seriously hardcore… knitting from midday until the very end – I gave up after less than an hour as my hands were too cold ūüėČ

Knitting West Norwood Together with The Stitch & WN Feast Knital

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You can buy raffle tickets at the WN Feast to win the blanket and all proceeds will go to the South London Refugee Association

We hope to see you there and wrap up warm!

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RPS & L’Arche London UK

This year L’Arche London UK and Rock Paper Scissors London will be joining us in the Christmas spirit by having their Christmas Fayre on Idmiston Road – their lovely garden space will feature mince pies, mulled wine, live music, handmade art & jewellery and lots more as well as L’Arche own garden produce and wreaths ūüôā
L'Arche Garden Christmas Faire with RPS & WN Feast

Collect the coupons on their  Facebook page and the first 5 contestants to have collected all coupons will win a prize.

 

Knitting West Norwood Together

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Teresa & Charlotte (of FEAST) have asked if we would join in with the FEAST knitting project and, of course we said yes!

The project is for WNW to knit enough CD sized square to make a quilt which will then be raffled off to raise money for South London Refugee Association.  

Charlotte has already started this at FEAST and it was huge success, especially at Tea & Talk! 

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We had several beginners and some who haven’t knitted in many years, as well as a few seasoned experts who knitted 10 squares to other people’s¬†starting line!

 

Most people managed a whole square at the end of the Stitch session but¬†a freshly baked cake was up for offer for those who did ūüôā

We envisage a huge blanket!!!


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November’s FEAST is themed around ‘hands-on art’ and there will be a huge Knit Off too! So put the 6th November¬†in your diary. ¬†

 

Zippers… easy peasy ‘ish

After a months break in August we are back doing the Stitch at L’Arche… that does mean that another entire month has passed without an updated blog post – oops. The Facebook page does get updated more often.

Last Saturday’s session was making little triangle pyramid pouches in our quest for zipper mastery!

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Some people who are more advanced than others, did some quilting on their pouches – show offs!

There was some unpicking done but all in the name of perfection (I think everyone kept forgetting the little tab on the side of the pouch)!

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Tara had to be a little different, had to create hers with the zipper facing the other way to everyone else.

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We think it would make a great little tent for a mini teddybear ūüôā

Group shot of our Triangle pouches

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Stitch - Triangle Pouches & more

I think we all passed with flying colours

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This weekend we continued with the Zipper mastery by making some more pouches… some people are making a large boxy pouch, others a boxy bottomed pouch and a few others are continuing with triangle pouches of different sizes… no photos of these just yet – they will be coming next week after we finish them… who knew that outer fabric, inner lining, interfacing and wadding, coupled with a zip would cause such issues ūüėČ

Here’s the pattern and tutorial we used so that you can reach zipper nirvana with us.

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The Crafty Gemini also made a video to follow if you prefer that method and she also mentions how the size can make a taller shape  https://youtu.be/cXZ6BTEnPE4

 

 

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PS: We had a good root through our stash of donated fabrics, tools and bits that we have required from lovely generous people¬†and it only took several sandwiches (yum… thank’s Tara!) and several bags of recycling to sort it all.

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This is just a few of the boxes of fabrics, now sorted into small, medium and large pieces. The yarn is all in one bag now and we discovered a few things that had us scratching our heads… plus a bag of Tara’s clothing that she had lost 6 months previously ūüėÄ

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See you next week for the continuation of ‘fighting with zippers’

 

Sensory Blankets & Experiments

We started the sensory blanket – also known as the fidget blanket.

Janet from the Rock Paper Scissors London group works as an Art Practitioner (Spiral Arts), and runs workshops for people with Alzheimer’s and  Dementia related conditions.

It’s a great way to experiment with different textures and have fun with colours too

Creating this blanket is great fun for us and we hope the recipients will enjoy it too.

We will be continuing with this project (Janet wont be there as she is away but is back the following Saturday) and the Jean Bag project, plus you can always bring your own as always or just pop along to learn something new!

See you soon ūüôā

 

Photo borrowed from Bzz Garage Facebook page :-)

Lavender Harvesting…

Wayne from West Norwood Bzz Garage (we have mentioned them before ;-)) let us harvest some Lavender to use in our group.

So the week before we went to West Norwood Bus Garage which had some lovely huge sunflowers growing as well as a variety of other plants and Wayne told us what to do.

You snip the lavender near where the leaves are sprouting and only on the Lavender that has gone a little brown and the blue flowers have dried up – you then put them in a bunch with some string and hang them up to dry for the week – we then picked off (rubbed) into a bag to bring back to the Stitch group.

This is what was made from some of the Lavender that was collected ūüôā

Lavendar Bags - Lavendar harvested from West Norwood Bzz Garage

Some of the other stitchees continued with their own projects and one wanted to learn to quilt from our resident super duper quilter – Jackie ūüôā

Stabbing Kittens continued…

oh dear… must stop saying that but here are two cats that got finished ūüôā

My little niece cuddling¬†her needle felted kitten bracelet – which she wouldn’t actually wear!

My little niece cuddling her needle felted kitten

L’Arche shop area and Open Garden

Feel free to pop in Saturday between 11-2pm – note the shop area of L’Arche is being redecorated and L’Arche are also having their Open Garden around the corner from 12-5pm so please pop along to visit them for music, food and more!

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The Stitch visit Lambeth Country Show

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THE STITCH GOES TO THE LAMBETH COUNTRY SHOW.

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Lambeth is full of amazing things: far too many to list. But the best of all has to be the Lambeth Country Show.  We decided we had to be part of it.

Of course, all of us here love handicrafts and handmade trinkets so when we heard of the handicraft competition, we just had to enter something.  The only problem was that during the last few weeks we had been so busy making bits & bobs for the stall at The Feast (as well as fascinators to show off at tea parties and other summer parties and celebrations).  So we did not have anything that we thought would be worth entering.

Although… hang on a second… back in March, just as the spring was clawing its way past winter, we spent several Saturdays making a lovely banner for our friends at the Norwood Bzz Garage.

Our proud creation displayed :)

Our proud creation displayed ūüôā

If there was something worthy of entering into this handicrafts competition, that banner was definitely it!  It had turned out so well that, perhaps, we would be in with a chance of winning.  And if not, it would still be great to showcase to the rest of Lambeth what us folk from West Norwood can achieve when we pool our stitching and gardening powers.

So after a¬†few¬†tweaks,¬†(replacing¬†a lost bee and a couple of flowers), the banner made its¬†journey¬†to the Lambeth Country Show.¬†¬†It was so big that it couldn’t fit in the area with all of the other handicrafts! ¬†It had to have it’s own table to be exhibited. ¬†Seeing it displayed,¬†it filled me with pride. ¬†It looked amazing! ¬†But it wasn’t simply¬†the beauty of the banner, but the beauty of what people can achieve when they¬†get together and share skills.

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Sadly though, we did not win.

But we did get awarded with the HIGHLY COMMENDED badge.

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While I was standing there trying to figure out which of the crocheted flowers I had made I overheard the stewards talking about it;  they said our exhibit should have won because the kids just loved the little bees and kept coming back to it.  Proud as punch.  

But as they say… the important thing is not the¬†winning, but the taking part that counts.

A fantastic weekend!

Here’s a few other entries that made¬†us smile:

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